As most fans likely know, it hasn’t taken Conor  McGregor long to make a big splash in the UFC, not only because of his entertaining and impressive wins over Max Holloway and Marcus Brimage, but because “Notorious” has a certain way with the smack talk. Need an example? Before the 25 year-old fighter recently had surgery on his knee, McGregor took a few verbal jabs at many of the UFC’s top featherweights. Not surprisingly, McGregor has already ruffled the feathers of a few vets as a result.

So what does featherweight champion Jose Aldo think of McGregor? While speaking to MMA recently, here’s some of what the UFC’s #4 P4P fighter had to say about the emerging star.

“The Irish guy?,” said Aldo, who will be out until 2014 due to a foot injury he incurred during his stoppage win over Chan Sung Jung at UFC 163. “I’m always watching every featherweight that fights in the UFC because we can eventually fight in the future. He’s a great fighter.”

“He’s starting now, but he is already saying some polemical things,” added Aldo, who does not have his next opponent set yet. “It’s part of the business. The (talking) put him on the map, so now he will have to show everything he has talked about. It’s part of the business.”

The Nova Uniao fighter added that McGregor’s call outs and self promoting ways stem from “his personality”, but noted it remains to be seen if “he can back it up.” We shall see, however, not for some time. The Irish fighter is expected to be out around 10 months or so due to his knee surgery. It’s going to be interesting to see who the UFC books McGregor to fight when he returns.

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